Field Experiences for Science Teachers

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Are you a high school science teacher interested in one week of scientific research experience?

The Field Experiences for Science Teachers (FEST) program is funded by the National Science Foundation and based in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University. Connecticut-based teachers of earth science (or related fields such as environmental science, physics, or chemistry) at the high school level are eligible to participate. Participants spend one week working on the Seismic Experiment for Imaging Structure beneath Connecticut (SEISConn) project, which aims to study the structure of the crust and upper mantle beneath Connecticut. Teachers participate in the installation and maintenance of seismic recording equipment in northern Connecticut and learn about the science goals of the SEISConn project, as well as tools for teaching about seismology and geophysics in the high school classroom. Teacher participants receive a $1000 stipend for participation in the one-week program. To date 13 Connecticut-based high school science teachers have participated in FEST.

A poster on the FEST program that was presented at the 2015 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union can be viewed here. Yale News recently did a profile of the SEISConn project, which can be viewed here. A short paper describing the FEST program was published in Seismological Research Letters in 2017; it can be viewed here. 

A note about FEST in 2018 and beyond: the original grant that funded the FEST program ended in 2017, and a new grant proposal to continue the program was submitted in late 2018. We received word in June 2018 that the grant has been funded, so three more cycles of FEST will take place during Summer 2019 (2 sessions) and Summer 2020.  Applications for FEST sessions 5 and 6, which will take place in Summer 2019, will be accepted starting in May 2019. Watch this space for updates on the application process.